Poulin has had some rocky times during his tenure with the Islanders. He has 50 NHL games under his belt, but never really managed to fined consistency in his performances. There were times when he played well and looked like he was starting to find a rhythm, but that quickly end and his play would falter. Poulin, selected 128th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, had a .899 save percentage in those 50 appearances and a 3.07 goals against average.
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The Sound Tigers currently sit in second, two behind Springfield and four ahead of Adirondack, with an 8-3 record. It's happened for a lot of reasons; there's not really one part of the team that's carrying them. They're getting solid goaltending from both Kevin Poulin and Anders Nillson, the defense is playing well, and there are the two first round picks in Brock Nelson and Nino Niederreiter, who each have a 7-6-13 line and lead the team in scoring.
Nelson's emergence in his first professional year is excellent news. The Islanders moved up in the 2010 draft to the very end of the first round to grab Nelson, and it's still very early but it seems as though that is already paying off. He's scored a goal in each game thus far in November continuing the offensive prowess he showed at North Dakota and, as LHH writes in a recent profile, has been given lots of special teams time indicative of someone who isn't just a point producer:
It's been a tough week on Long Island and all over the tri-state area -- 250,000 on LI still without power at this moment -- but it's always good to see an organization that does the right thing and recognizes its place in the landscape. Sports are an escape and spending a night at a hockey game can be one way to do that.
As for Grabner, who signed with his hometown team of Villacher SV late last week, the team didn't waste any time trying to capitalize on merchandise opportunities. They cleverly labeled the Grabner jersey t-shirt as a 'limited edition' but who knows, it could be a year long engagement depending on how things go here in North America.
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